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Hello there everyone!
We've been hard at work on Meeple Station the past couple of weeks, and we have some pretty huge news! We've signed up with a Publisher (finally) which will be a huge boost to the game's quality! Expect to know just who it is in the following weeks.
We're making great strides towards multiplayer, overworld map movement, and many other VERY juicy little features, but for now we want to show off some of the meeple available on the station!
I wanted to bring you all a short dev diary about the different types of Meeple you'll be able to find on Meeple Station. Every meeple comes with an inate job they do, be it mining, refining, exploring or building, they have their class and they stick to it no matter what!
Above is the Miner. He'll be your go-to guy for mineral extracion on asteroids. Expect to employ a decent amount of these guys, as they (sadly) are inclined to suit related incidents, as well as oxygen depletion due to airlock malfunctions, etc.
Botanists ensure you'll have enough food to feed your station. A super important job all around! Make sure to stock up on plankton or whatever it is they eat (I don't actually know!)
I'm going to keep what the chemist does under wraps currently. But as you can see they require loads of complex wires and advanced machinery to undertake their task.... for some reason that important area seems to have been built in the most traffic heavy part of the station but whatever.
Refiner Meeple take the raw materials made by the Miners and make them into useable resources for advanced building. Nuff said.
Your engineers build both inside and outside of your base. Also, check out our z levels, yay!
I'll leave it to you to figure out just what went wrong in this picture... yikes.. The hazmat Meeple will clean (or try) toxic spills and fumes around your base. Remember to conduct PROPER maintenence next time!
Janitor meeple clean up mess, while a bit of a lackluster job, they certainly help to keep morale from falling!
That's it for this week friends.There are many more meeple in the game that we haven't touched upon yet! Please let us know in the coments below what types of meeple you'd like to see!
I feel privileged to know this, thanks!
I mean, of course it's not realistic, but I do like to bend around reality a little bit. Steelite is the only one I wanted to coy with something familiar, however the rest are totally alien of course. I didnt want to make a recipe of 10 carbon and 50 hydrogen, in order to make a bed, or something, I felt like the obvious caveats with reality are too stark and just giving things a totally imaginary name sort of takes the edge off and allows it to be more free.
However, that was clearly a show of my ignorance you caught! well done :)
It's a good point. There is a strange blend going on. Personally I like it :P
Do you have any suggestions?
(The game will have support to completely customise UI and even texture packs for the game itself if people want that, but i'm interested in suggestions)
Hey! (Fellow dev, I'm working on Meeple Station)
I had a look at your demo, and this game looks great! I'm a huge fan of Factorio (like, 300 hours worth of gameplay sort of fan) and couldn't help but notice the inspiration. However, on the MacDemo I tested, I was struggling to push above 10 FPS the entire time. I'm on a MacBook Pro, and Mac's graphics cards don't get much better than this, so if it's a rendering issue I'd say you should look at some much much lower settings. I tried turning everything down to the lowest it could go, 11 FPS was the best I could do. Things are running pretty hot. Thought you should know! :D
All the best! Looking forward to seeing more of this!
I understand about DF-9, as a hardcore DF fan myself, it came as a gross tragedy, I agree.
You're right, there are some early issues especially in the demo. I'm updating our development build much more frequently, but you'll find in the next update I've introduced 4:3, 16:10 and 16:9 resolutions, as well as an experimental-custom-auto-adjusting resolution option for anything out of the ordinary. It is a little bit tricky to get right because I'm using pixel perfect ratios.
There are actually two separate pathfinding algorithms I've implemented, one is a quick and cheap method for short distances, outdoors (with very few obstacles) or just to check proximities. The other is a very complex and intelligent algorithm that could solve just about anything. But it comes with a bit of a performance cost, hence the cheap and quick method.
The pathfinding issues you have noticed in the demo I think are a result of a mismatch in priority. I'm still trying to track it down, but it seems to be when a miner wants to use an airlock, for the purpose of returning indoors to eat or sleep or such, but their task or job order remains outdoors, when they get to an airlock, they get confused about whether or not they ought to return indoors or go back to work. If you can replicate it, please let me know, it could really help to track it down!
These are issues I will definitely be addressing, especially before any public release of the game. I've already spent five months getting it up to where it is now, and hopefully by February we'll have something we can all be proud of. (God help me if DF-9 shall ever happen again)
please, if you have any suggestions or feedback, I would love to hear it! I really want to get community feedback into this, it's very important to me. You can always jump onto our discord channel as well: https://discord.gg/WBupmxR